Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention), P3

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    Vienna, Austria
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Mar 04

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Implementation Support Section II (Sub-Saharan Africa), Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Chief of Section (ISS II).


Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Conduct legal analysis and review of national legislation, in accordance with international human rights standards, related to the collection, transmission, use, retention and sharing of API/PNR.
  • Identify legal gaps and provide assistance in the formulation and drafting of relevant laws, policy and regulations necessary for governments to comply with international standards.
  • Carry out in-depth legal research and analysis to prepare guidelines, legal reports and working documents addressing pertinent human rights issues including data protection and privacy concerns relating to API/PNR.
  • Provide specialized legal advice/support and technical input on complex legal issues/aspects concerning API and PNR.
  • Assist in the conceptualization, planning, organization and implementation of regional and national legislative workshops and consultations for the review and drafting of national legislation, regulations or policy on API/PNR.
  • Participate in and provide, as requested, technical assistance to Member States and undertake related technical assistance missions; undertake consultations and liaison with officials of governments, including recipient countries, international organizations and funding institutions; participate in relevant international, regional or national meetings and provide substantive expertise on specific legal issues, focus on related to API/PNR.
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports, technical briefings, background documents, legal papers, briefing notes, speeches related to the prevention of terrorism and API/PNR, data protection and privacy.
  • Carry out other work-related tasks as assigned.


Professionalism: Has demonstrated professional competence and expertise in the criminal justice aspects of terrorism prevention and closely related crime prevention and criminal justice issues, especially with respect to the legislative, judiciary, rule of law, and international cooperation aspects. Has strong skills in developing and implementing legal technical services concerning terrorism prevention at the national, regional and international levels, including specialized training for senior government officials. Has knowledge and understanding of legal aspects concerning data protection and privacy. Has knowledge and understanding of concepts, policies and practice relevant to the collection and use of Advanced Passenger Information and Passenger name Record. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and in particular in terrorism prevention. Has sound analytical skills and ability to identify problems and contribute to problem-solving. Is committed to the achieving highest quality outputs, timeliness, conscientiousness, attention to detail and ability to bring matters to closure. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Client Orientation: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. Specialization in criminal law, counter-terrorism and human rights is highly desirable. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible and directly relevant professional experience in legal and criminal justice matters, with a focus on terrorism prevention and/or civil aviation, is required. Legal drafting experience, in both civil and common law legal systems, is required. Experience in dealing with Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) legal requirements and international standards is desirable. Working experience on legal matters related to human rights and data privacy/protection matters is desirable. Work experience at both national and international levels is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English with excellent drafting skills is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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